Thursday, April 14, 2011
"A Vampire's Kiss" is Finished!! YAY!!!
What did I do after that? Mostly I was in shock and kinda numb. And then I cried. Well, I am a girl. Duh. And we tend to do that. But don't worry. They were tears of happiness.
Why? For many reasons. Like I've never had to fight so hard for 2 long, stressful years to finish a novel. Those of you who've been following my blog and are fans of my books know the last 2 years have been hell for me.
I wrote the first draft of this fab novel from December 2008 - February 2009. But before I could start editing it my ebook publisher went out of biz in March 2009. Shocked the shit outta of all its authors (including me) cause it was a big company. That meant I had to put the vamp novel aside to find a new ebook publisher because "The Rune Witch Series" had been under contract with that publisher, and now it had no home.
Then a few months later in June I signed with my exagent. And he had me doing so many things in 2009 that had nothing to do with being a novelist that I had very little time to edit the vamp novel. Finally, in March of 2010 I dropped him when I realized he had almost ruined my 24-year career through gross negligence. That's when I went back with Kittyfeather Press (for my ebooks) and Trytium Publishing (for my paperback books). And that's when I started working every day til 4:30am to fix the HUGE mess my exagent made out of my career.
You may not realize this, but I have worked over 13 months without a day off since then. Am I comatose by now? Probably. I've also edited 9 other books to get them in ebook ASAP (The Witchery Series, The Rune Witch Series, The Memoir Series), rebuilt my career, and finally in February 2011 had the chance to spend large amounts of time (pushing myself to the max) to do the final edits on the vamp novel.
So finishing this novel means much more to me than finishing any other book I have ever written. It means this novel finally got the time it deserved. Damn, this is a GOOD novel! I swear, you will love this one. And that's another reason I cried. It's soooooo freakin' romantic and erotic you'll be thinking about it (and swooning over it) for months after you finish it. It's one of those magickal books where the characters (Sara and Dray) became so lifelike and human they took on a life of their own. Really.
Finishing this novel also means VICTORY for me. It's the last of the exagent mess I've had to clean up. And that means I can have a life now. YAY! I've almost forgotten what's that like. *lol*
It means I can take a vacation and work regular hours like a normal person. I don't have to work 7 days a week, 10-12 hours every day anymore. It means I can sleep at night and be awake during the day like a normal person. In fact, I wanna start crashing at midnight, so I can get up at 9:00am and actually see the sun for a change. Wow, imagine that? A new experience for me. *lol*
Plus, as many of you know, my personal life hit the skids in 2010. Now I have the time to do something about that, too. *wink*
So I went through a wide range of emotions when I finished this book on Wednesday. Shock. Tears. Numbness and more shock. Extreme joy. You name it!
Alex is out of town this week, speaking at a big convention. But she's put the vamp novel on her schedule, and it will go live in the Kindle Store the last week of April or the first week of May (at the latest). She knows there's a BIG rush on this one, cause I get emails every day from many of you wanting to know when this one will be on sale??? Now I can say ->> Soon! Very soon!
Speaking of that, when it's published in the Kindle Store and in pdf on my site it will be priced at $0.99. Dontcha love me?!! *lol*
*SPECIAL NOTE: This is for the hunky Fey Witch who's been scrying on me and casting love spells on me all month (yes, you know who you are...and yes, I LOVED and NEEDED all of it!). Now that the vamp novel is finished, this would be a really good time to contact me. I'm finally free and can make some plans. You know both of my email addys, so hit me up, good-lookin. We need to talk. *Fey wink*
Okay, I'm outta here! Just think. You didn't get a newsletter from me in March or April, but you got more blog posts. Cool, huh? And when the vamp novel is published I'll blog about it to let everyone know. *grin*
Alrightyyyyy, time to C*E*L*E*B*R*A*T*E!!!
*happy dancing cause the vamp novel is finally finished*
Laura Stamps (c)
Pagan Paranormal Erotica Novelist
(HOT vampires, shapeshifters, witches)
My Kindle ebooks (all $0.99): http://ht.ly/4yDbq
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